In this unit students will acquire advanced theoretical knowledge, practical and critical analytical skills which can be applied to investigation and resolution of complex problem solving scenarios inherent in communication systems. The unit material has been developed to enhance students' communication skills, individual and group project participation and other professional capabilities important to practice as an Engineer. In order to enhance and extend specialist knowledge required in the discipline of electrical and electronic communication system, this unit provides an overview of Telecommunication systems and introduces information theory (including self-information, channel matrix, trans-information source coding, redundancy, system configuration and entropy).  In addition this unit reviews analysis techniques such as Fourier series, properties and transforms applicable to signals in a given communication link. The unit explores Power and energy signals, power spectral density, auto and cross-correlation analysis outcomes that modern network designers need to use in practical applications. These are followed by a review of Modulation Techniques commonly used in many telecommunication scenarios. 

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Determine and critically evaluate the design needs for a given communication link;  
  2. Exhibit requisite specialist technical competence in telecommunications system performance and implementation to a given scenario;  
  3. Generate appropriate solutions to complex problems in telecommunication contexts;  
  4. Utilise and critique the value of a systems approach to analysis, design and operational performance of a communication system;  
  5. Distinguish between modulation schemes applicable to a given application in order to design an optimal communication link; and  
  6. Determine and critically evaluate system performance in terms of signal-to-noise ratio to enhance grade of service and reliability.  


A pass must be achieved for each assessment item in order to complete the unit.
Assessment type Description Grade
Test Four (4) In Class Tests (1000 words - 1 hour each) 60%
Examination Final Examination (3 hours - equivalent to 3000 words) 40%

Required reading

Principles of Communications 6th edition
Ziemer, R & Tranter, W (2009).
NY: John Wiley & Sons

Modern Wireless Communications 5th edition
Haykin, S (2005).
CH: Pearson Prentice Hall

Communication Systems 4th edition
N. Benvenuto et al, (2007).
NY: Wiley

Communication Systems 5th edition
Haykin, S and Moher, M. (2009).
NY: John Wiley & Sons

Latest editions of the prescribed text books are encouraged. There are a number of other text books that can be used in parallel with the prescribed listed above.

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